Carlos Tello

Carlos Tello: A 2014 Human Rights Award Winner
Oklahoma City
Nominated by Otilia Fuentes

Carlos es el primer hispano que ha tenido la capacidad para poder dejar huella en el Capitolio pintando una de las mejores obras de arte. No pido para El un reconociemiento de los derechos humanos, sino algo que lo distinga ya que somos muchos los hispnaos que nos sentmos orgullosos, ya que El puso hel nombre de los hispanos en alto.

Carlos is a noted artist whose mural, “Beyond the Centennial,” is on display in the Oklahoma Capitol building. He is the first Hispanic to have a work of art displayed so prominently in our state capitol.

The Oklahoma Arts Council has this description of the artwork on their website:

“…Representing Oklahoma’s ongoing advancement and future, the right section symbolizes the cutting-edge industries driving our state into the 21st century such as technology, medicine, research, energy, and space exploration…. The industrious figures working on the machines testify to our credence in the state motto, ‘Labor Conquers All.’ Oklahomans’ goodwill, heroism, and unconquerable spirit, defining qualities that carry us forward, are represented by the fireman in the upper right who breaks through the rubble to help victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

“The mural culminates in the center with the universal ‘Every Man’ who represents every Oklahoman. Carrying the state in his hands, he metaphorically lifts Oklahoma, represented by the state’s outline and Osage shield emblem from the state flag, upward into our boundless future.”

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”


“Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.”

(Article 27 of the UDHR)

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