Robert Rivera

“I am not the first person to recognize the beauty of gourds. I get a lot of inspiration from the Native American people.” - Robert Rivera

Rivera transforms the humble gourd into an object of beauty, power, and symbolism. As such, they become highly collectible fine art objects. With a limitless supply of ideas and designs, Rivera sees every gourd differently, often instantly discerning its possibilities and how to transform it into art. He loves the old designs prevalent in Native American culture, especially the Anasazi, Hohokam and Mimbres bird and animal designs which he incorporates into his gourd pots and rattles.

Possibly the first to use gourds as a fine art medium in a contemporary southwestern fashion, Rivera has created medicine men chanters, Navajo warriors, Hopi butterfly maidens, Navajo drummers, turtle storytellers and masks of every size and description. The gourds are stitched, etched, cut, broken, scorched, sandblasted, dyed and wrapped. They are adorned with yucca fiber, suede, buckskin, raffia, African beads, shells, heishi from the Santo Domingo Pueblo, inlaid turquoise, willow sticks, horsehair, turkey feathers, cloth, snakeskin, and Tablita headdresses.

Robert Rivera

Robert Rivera

Print Artist Bio

“I am not the first person to recognize the beauty of gourds. I get a lot of inspiration from the Native American people.” - Robert Rivera

Rivera transforms the humble gourd into an object of beauty, power, and symbolism. As such, they become highly collectible fine art objects. With a limitless supply of ideas and designs, Rivera sees every gourd differently, often instantly discerning its possibilities and how to transform it into art. He loves the old designs prevalent in Native American culture, especially the Anasazi, Hohokam and Mimbres bird and animal designs which he incorporates into his gourd pots and rattles.

Possibly the first to use gourds as a fine art medium in a contemporary southwestern fashion, Rivera has created medicine men chanters, Navajo warriors, Hopi butterfly maidens, Navajo drummers, turtle storytellers and masks of every size and description. The gourds are stitched, etched, cut, broken, scorched, sandblasted, dyed and wrapped. They are adorned with yucca fiber, suede, buckskin, raffia, African beads, shells, heishi from the Santo Domingo Pueblo, inlaid turquoise, willow sticks, horsehair, turkey feathers, cloth, snakeskin, and Tablita headdresses.


Robert Rivera

Large Buffalo Mask

$ 4,400.00

Robert Rivera

Mahogany Pod Owl (2 owls)

$ 660.00

Robert Rivera

Mahogany Pod Owl (3 owls)

$ 660.00

Robert Rivera

Red Fetish Bear

$ 440.00

Robert Rivera

Deer Antler Mask

$ 2,700.00

Robert Rivera

Red Fetish Bear

$ 420.00

Robert Rivera

Red Fetish Bear

$ 420.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Kachina Rattle

$ 990.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Kachina Rattle

$ 990.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Gourd Bowl

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Crane Bowl

$ 935.00

Robert Rivera

Blue Crane Bowl

$ 935.00

Robert Rivera

Blue Hummingbird Bowl

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Quail Bowl

$ 420.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Sentinel

$ 1,550.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Fan Kachina Rattle

$ 990.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Fan Kachina Rattle

$ 990.00

Robert Rivera

Pre-historic Kachina

$ 2,000.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Sentinel

$ 1,550.00

Robert Rivera

Butterfly Gourd Bowl

$ 180.00

Robert Rivera

Butterfly Gourd Bowl

$ 145.00

Robert Rivera

Butterfly Gourd Bowl

$ 135.00

Robert Rivera

Raven Gourd Bowl

$ 850.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 330.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 330.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 330.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 310.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 310.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Mudhead

$ 900.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 310.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 310.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 330.00

Robert Rivera

Anasazi Bowl

$ 1,000.00

Robert Rivera

Black Deer Antler Mask

$ 900.00

Robert Rivera

Acoma Pot Lady

$ 900.00

Robert Rivera

Acoma Pot Lady

$ 900.00