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

Effigy

$ 275.00

Robert Rivera

Acoma Olla

$ 650.00

Robert Rivera

Rattle Apache Dancer

$ 650.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Bowl - Acoma

$ 90.00

Robert Rivera

Frog & Tadpole Gourd Bowl

$ 2,200.00

Robert Rivera

Salato Olla

$ 650.00

Robert Rivera

Large Butterfly Maiden

$ 1,400.00

Robert Rivera

Medium Mocha Face Gourd Bowl

$ 1,200.00

Robert Rivera

Large Butterfly Maiden

$ 1,400.00

Robert Rivera

Wooden Base Kachina Maiden

$ 1,800.00

Robert Rivera

Papoose Lady

$ 2,100.00

Robert Rivera

Warty Gourd Mudhead

$ 550.00

Robert Rivera

Deer Antler Pitcher Pot

$ 1,980.00

Robert Rivera

Inlaid Deer Bowl

$ 550.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Mask

$ 2,600.00

Robert Rivera

Rabbit Gourd Bowl

$ 440.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Gourd Bowl

$ 530.00

Robert Rivera

Turtle Gourd Pot

$ 355.00

Robert Rivera

Frogs Gourd Pot

$ 355.00

Robert Rivera

Quail On Driftwood

$ 180.00

Robert Rivera

Black Arrowhead Maiden

$ 540.00

Robert Rivera

Black Arrowhead Maiden

$ 540.00

Robert Rivera

Black Arrowhead Maiden

$ 540.00

Robert Rivera

Black Arrowhead Maiden

$ 540.00

Robert Rivera

Three Quails On Driftwood

$ 330.00

Robert Rivera

Gourd Maiden Nightlight

$ 440.00

Robert Rivera

Pre-Historic Kachina

$ 290.00