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

1/2 Kachina Panel

$ 5,000.00

Robert Rivera

1/2 Kachina Panel

$ 5,000.00

Robert Rivera

Santa Clara Pot Lady

$ 3,300.00

Robert Rivera

Acoma Parrot Olla

$ 4,675.00

Robert Rivera

Black Santa Clara Pot Lady

$ 2,700.00

Robert Rivera

Zuni Wolf Olla

$ 4,675.00

Robert Rivera

Anasazi Olla

$ 4,500.00

Robert Rivera

Santa Clara Pot Lady

$ 3,300.00

Robert Rivera

Hopi Moth Olla

$ 4,250.00

Robert Rivera

Moche Gourd Lamp

$ 2,700.00

Robert Rivera

Contemporary Mask

$ 2,000.00

Robert Rivera

Contemporary Mask

$ 2,000.00

Robert Rivera

Rabbit Gourd Bowl

$ 700.00

Robert Rivera

Blue Hummingbird Bowl

$ 1,000.00

Robert Rivera

Crane Bowl

$ 1,000.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Chanter White Face

$ 1,800.00

Robert Rivera

Apache Stick Lady

$ 900.00

Robert Rivera

Apache Stick Lady

$ 900.00

Robert Rivera

Deer Chanter Yellow Face

$ 2,000.00

Robert Rivera

Mother and Child in White

$ 1,550.00

Robert Rivera

Red Fetish Bear

$ 700.00

Robert Rivera

Mother and Child in White

$ 1,550.00

Robert Rivera

Standing Storyteller

$ 1,550.00

Robert Rivera

Basket Kachina #5

$ 1,550.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Mask

$ 4,400.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Mask

$ 4,400.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Mask

$ 4,200.00

Robert Rivera

Storyteller on Drum

$ 4,400.00

Robert Rivera

Basket Kachina #3

$ 2,200.00

Robert Rivera

Storyteller on Drum

$ 4,400.00

Robert Rivera

Santa Clara Corn Maiden

$ 2,700.00

Robert Rivera

Santa Clara Corn Maiden

$ 2,700.00

Robert Rivera

Rattle with Concho Cheeks

$ 1,800.00