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

White Buffalo Mask

$ 3,200.00

Robert Rivera

Fetish Bear with Pottery Shards

$ 3,000.00

Robert Rivera

Basket Maiden

$ 2,400.00

Robert Rivera

Hummingbird Bowl with Stem

$ 170.00

Robert Rivera

Deer Antler Pitcher Pot

$ 1,800.00

Robert Rivera

Mask With Turkey Feathers

$ 700.00

Robert Rivera

Hummingbird Bowl

$ 290.00

Robert Rivera

Red Raven Bowl

$ 400.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Mask

$ 3,200.00

Robert Rivera

Storyteller On Drum

$ 3,000.00

Robert Rivera

Large Butterfly Maiden

$ 2,400.00

Robert Rivera

Red Bear Fetish Bowl

$ 800.00

Robert Rivera

Blue Hummingbird Bowl

$ 800.00

Robert Rivera

Inlaid Deer Bowl

$ 500.00

Robert Rivera

Frogs All Over Bowl

$ 500.00

Robert Rivera

Butterfly Bowl

$ 400.00

Robert Rivera

Red Buffalo Mask

$ 3,400.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Mask

$ 2,400.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Mask

$ 2,400.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Mask

$ 2,400.00

Robert Rivera

Large Sun Mask

$ 3,000.00

Robert Rivera

Sun Mask with Basketweave

$ 1,800.00

Robert Rivera

Raven

$ 1,600.00

Robert Rivera

Raven

$ 1,600.00

Robert Rivera

Rabbit Gourd Bowl

$ 400.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Gourd Bowl

$ 480.00

Robert Rivera

Bear Gourd Pot

$ 320.00

Robert Rivera

Turtle Gourd Pot

$ 320.00

Robert Rivera

Turtle Gourd Bowl

$ 180.00

Robert Rivera

Frogs Gourd Pot

$ 320.00