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

Contemporary Mask w/Copper Rays

$ 1,980.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Storyteller

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Storyteller

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Stoyteller w/ 3 Babies

$ 770.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Storyteller

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Storyteller

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Contemporary Buffalo Mask

$ 1,980.00

Robert Rivera

Three Kachina Masks Wall Piece

$ 1,980.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Rattle

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Hawk Rattle

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Rattle w/Horns

$ 1,320.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Rattle w/Horns

$ 1,540.00

Robert Rivera

Five Quails on Wood Base

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Three Quails on Wood Base

$ 770.00

Robert Rivera

Contemporary Antelope Mask

$ 3,300.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Gourd Bowl

$ 550.00

Robert Rivera

Seated Mudhead

$ 2,640.00

Robert Rivera

Seated Mudhead

$ 2,640.00

Robert Rivera

Raven on Wood Base

$ 3,300.00

Robert Rivera

Double Kachina

$ 2,640.00

Robert Rivera

Double Tablita Kachina

$ 2,640.00

Robert Rivera

Hummingbird Bowl

$ 550.00

Robert Rivera

Red Bear Bowl

$ 380.00

Robert Rivera

Ten Quails Wall Piece

$ 1,320.00

Robert Rivera

Three Quails on Wood Base

$ 770.00

Robert Rivera

Frogs Gourd Bowl

$ 310.00

Robert Rivera

Lizard Bowl

$ 380.00

Robert Rivera

Red Fetish Bear Bowl

$ 330.00

Robert Rivera

Hummingbird Bowl

$ 320.00

Robert Rivera

Red Buffalo Mask

$ 3,600.00

Robert Rivera

White Buffalo Mask

$ 2,400.00