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 Buffalo Mask

$ 1,980.00

Robert Rivera

Three Kachina Masks Wall Piece

$ 1,980.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Rattle w/Horns

$ 1,320.00

Robert Rivera

Buffalo Rattle w/Horns

$ 1,540.00

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

White Buffalo Mask

$ 2,400.00

Robert Rivera

Mahogany Pod Owl (4 owls)

$ 770.00

Robert Rivera

Mahogany Pod Owl (6 owls)

$ 880.00

Robert Rivera

Green Buffalo Bowl

$ 440.00

Robert Rivera

Deer Antler Mask

$ 2,700.00

Robert Rivera

Pre-historic Kachina

$ 2,000.00

Robert Rivera

Corn Tablita Maiden

$ 310.00

Robert Rivera

Acoma Pot Lady

$ 900.00

Robert Rivera

Quail Rattle

$ 800.00

Robert Rivera

Red Fetish Bear Gourd

$ 330.00

Robert Rivera

Santa Clara Pot Lady

$ 800.00

Robert Rivera

Zuni Water Maiden

$ 1,000.00

Robert Rivera

Apache Stick Lady

$ 800.00

Robert Rivera

Apache Stick Lady

$ 800.00

Robert Rivera

Apache Stick Lady

$ 800.00

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