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

Quail Christmas Ornament

$ 90.00 $ 40.00

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Robert Rivera

Kachina Face Ornament

$ 60.00 $ 40.00

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Robert Rivera

Fetish Bear Gourd Christmas Ornament

$ 110.00 $ 60.00

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Robert Rivera

Mahogany Pod Owl Christmas Ornament

$ 90.00 $ 60.00

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Robert Rivera

Quails with Cactus Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Kachina with Headdress Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Oval Lizard Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Quails Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Mudhead Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Assorted Mimbres Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Assorted Mimbres Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Assorted Mimbres Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Red Fetish Bear

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Blue Hummingbird

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Red Fetish Bear

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Red Fetish Bear

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Red Fetish Bear

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Blue Hummingbird

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Mimbres Animals with Pottery Shards

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Mimbres Animals with Pottery Shards

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Mimbres Animals with Pottery Shards

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Mimbres Animals with Pottery Shards

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Blue Hummingbird

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Turtle Ornament with Snake Skin

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Assorted Mimbres Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Assorted Mimbres Ornament - Quail

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Deer Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Quail Ornament

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Turtle Ornament with Snake Skin

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Turtle Ornament with Snake Skin

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Turtle Ornament with Snake Skin

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Turtle Ornament with Snake Skin

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Turtle Ornament with Snake Skin

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Turtle Ornament with Snake Skin

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Turtle Ornament with Snake Skin

$ 175.00 $ 80.00

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Robert Rivera

Ornament - Mimbres Animals with Pottery Shards

$ 150.00 $ 80.00

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