Enrique Mallen, Ph.D.

Prof Dr Enrique Mallen earned his doctorate at Cornell University in 1989. Since 1997 he is Director and General Editor of the Online Picasso Project (OPP), a digital catalogue raisonné on the artist Pablo Picasso used by Picasso scholars throughout the world. He is currently Professor at Sam Houston State University. He has also taught as Adjunct Professor at Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf for the last three years. He has published numerous journal articles on threoretical linguistics, semiotics and art history. He has been an invited contributor to many edited volumes and encyclopedias; most recently, The Body, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death in Hispanic Art & Literature,; the   Enciclopedia de lingüística hispánica; and the International Encyclopedia of the First World War. He has written extensively on Picasso’s Cubist and Surrealist periods, as well as on Picasso’s writings.

In 2009-2010, he edited the four volume set A Concordance of Pablo Picasso’s Spanish Writings and A Concordance of Pablo Picasso’s French Writings, for which he received the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship. His work has been referenced in many doctoral dissertations, books and articles. Other important publications by him include: La Muerte y la Máscara en Pablo Picasso; Poesía del Lenguaje: De T. S. Eliot a Eduardo Espina;; La Sintaxis de la Carne: Pablo Picasso y Marie-Thérèse Walter; The Visual Grammar of Pablo Picasso; and Con/figuración Sintáctica: Poesía del Des/lenguaje. He has delivered lectures at many international conferences organized by recognized universities and museums such as The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg; or the Kunsthaus Zürich. He is a regular collaborator with the Museu Picasso, Barcelona; the Museo Picasso, Málaga, the Fundación Picasso Casa Natal, Málaga and the Casa Museo Picasso, A Coruña; and has served as consultant on Picasso exhibitions at prestigious museums, such as the Kunsthalle Bremen; or, most recently, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

He has been Director of the Sam Houston State University Study Abroad Program in Spain for the last nine years. Prior to that, he directed the Study Abroad in Spain at Texas A&M University.

He served as Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Florida from 1900 to 1995; and as Director of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University from 1997 to 2000.

Current research interests 

  • Picasso Studies
  • Cognitive Studies (Art and Psychology)
  • Semiotics of Art
  • Linguistics

Selected Books

Pablo Picasso: A Critical Chronology. Säo Paulo: Lumme Editor. Forthcoming, 2017. 1,078 pp.

La Muerte y la Máscara en Pablo Picasso. Berkeley Insights in Linguistics & Semiotics Series. New York: Peter Lang. 2013. 238 pp.

A Concordance of Pablo Picasso's French Writings. New York: Edwin Mellen Press. 2010. 1,374 pp.

A Concordance of Pablo Picasso's Spanish Writings. New York: Edwin Mellen Press. 2009. 928 pp.

La Sintaxis de la Carne: Pablo Picasso y Marie-Thérèse Walter. Santiago de Chile: Red Internacional del Libro Editores. 2005. 498 pp.

The Visual Grammar of Pablo Picasso. Berkeley Insights in Linguistics & Semiotics Series. New York: Peter Lang. 2003. 344 pp

Selected Recent and Forthcoming Articles

Parataxis and Interface Rules in Pablo Picasso’s Poetry. At the Interfaces: Essays In Honor of Javier Gutiérrez Rexach. Ed. by Melvin Gonzalez Rivera. Peter Lang. Forthcoming, 2017.

Conflation of (Gender) Identities in the Multifaceted Pablo Picasso. S/He: Sex & Gender in the Spanish, Hispanic American and Mesoamerican Worlds. Ed. by Debra D. Andrist. New York: Sussex Academic Press. Forthcoming, 2017.

La Poesía Multilineal de Pablo Picasso. Lenguaje, poesía y búsqueda del sentido. Ed. by Javier Gutiérrez Rexach and Melvin Gonzalez Rivera. Peter Lang. Forthcoming, 2017.

Con/figuración Sintáctica y Niveles de Significación en Pablo Picasso y Eduardo Espina. Lenguaje, poesía y búsqueda del sentido. Ed. by J. Gutiérrez Rexach and Melvin Gonzalez Rivera. Peter Lang. Forthcoming, 2017.

Confrontation with the Other in Pablo Picasso’s Suite Vollard. Violence In Spanish, Hispanic American & Latino Art & Literature. Ed. by Debra D. Andrist. New York: Sussex Academic Press. Forthcoming, 2017.

From Jackendoff's Linear Grammar to Picasso's Multilinear Language. Revista Académica liLETRAd, 2. 2016.

The Colors of Dora Maar: Pablo Picasso and Ancient Aztec Myths. Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics & Semiotic Analysis. 21.2. Fall. 2016.

La Lingüística y el Lenguaje Poético. Enciclopedia de lingüística hispánica. Ed. by Javier Gutiérrez Rexach. London: Routledge. pp. 247-256. 2016.

The Body and Control via Artistic Exercise. Pablo Picasso: From Physical To Mental Dissection of the Human Body. pp. 13-54. The Body, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death in Hispanic Art & Literature. Ed. by Debra D. Andrist. New York: Sussex Academic Press. 2016.

The Body Control of the Dysfunctional Body. Seeing With Eyes Shut: Representations of Blindness in Pablo Picasso. pp. 95-112. The Body, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death in Hispanic Art & Literature. Ed. by Debra D. Andrist. New York: Sussex Academic Press. 2016.

The Dead Body as Catharsis in Art. Death and the Mask in Pablo Picasso. pp. 196-218. The Body, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death in Hispanic Art & Literature. Ed. by Debra D. Andrist. New York: Sussex Academic Press. 2016.

En Busca del Yo en el Otro: Lenguaje e Identidad en la Poesía de Eduardo Espina. Otro Lunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura. #40. Año 10. Marzo, 2016

Picasso the ... sculptor? Disputed purchase brings attention to lesser-known aspect of his art. The Conversation. January 19, 2016.

The Fichtean Anstoß and Pablo Picasso's Poetry. Revista Académica liLETRAd, 1. pp. 251-261. 2015.

The Myth of Narcissus: Themes of Life and Death in Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Avant-Garde Studies. The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. Issue 1, Fall 2015.

El Cubismo Analítico y el Orden Simbólico. Otro Lunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura. #38. Año 9. Octubre, 2015

Picasso, Le Génie de la Célébrité. The Conversation. September 23, 2015.

Expressionism. 1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Ed. by Oliver Janz & Nicolas Apostolopoulos. Berlin: Freie Universität, Berlin. 2015.

La Naturaleza Primigenia en los Dibujos de Francisco do Santos 'O Golpe do anti-ceifo'. Polichinello: Revista literária, No. 15. 22 Agosto, 2015.

Diego Velázquez, Pablo Picasso and the Affirmation of the Artist. Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics & Semiotic Analysis. 20.1. pp. 57-79. Spring, 2015.

Paul Cézanne y Pablo Picasso: La Proyección del Deseo sobre el Objeto. Otro Lunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura. 36. Año 9. March, 2015.

For Sale: Grandpa Picasso’s Pictures. Newsweek. March 7, 2015.

Running the Numbers on the Impending Sale of Marina Picasso’s ‘Inheritance Without Love'. The Conversation. March 2, 2015.

La Naturaleza Paradójica de la Realidad en Pablo Picasso. Otro Lunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura 35. Año 9. January, 2015.

Pablo Picasso and the Truth of Greek Art. Athens Journal of Humanities and Arts. Vol. 1, No. 4. pp. 283-298. October, 2014.

De los Saltimbanquis a las Máscaras Ibéricas en Pablo Picasso. Otro Lunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura. 34. Año 8. October, 2014.

Los Inicios Parisinos de Pablo Picasso. Otro Lunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura 33. Año 8. June, 2014.

Fluctuación Estilística en Pablo Picasso. Otro Lunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura 32. Año 8. April, 2014.

La Vida (y la Muerte) en Pablo Picasso. Otro Lunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura 31. Año 8. Febrero, 2014.

The Challenge of Language. pp. 145-156. Poetics in a New Key: Interviews and Essays by Marjorie Perloff. Ed. by David Jonathan Bayot. Manila: De La Salle University Press. 2013.

El “Neobarroco” Latinoamericano y la “Poesía del Lenguaje” Estadounidense. Revista de Critica Literaria Latinoamericana. Neobarroco y otras especies. No. 76. pp. 51-80. 2013.

Selected Recent and Forthcoming Conferences

Semantic Domains in Picasso’s Poetry. With Luis Meneses. Digital Humanities 2017. Montreal (Canada). Forthcoming, August, 2017.

Análisis Dinámico de la Presencia Expositiva de Picasso a Escala Global. With María Ortiz & Nuria Rodríguez. 3er Congreso International "Picasso e Identidad. Museu Picasso, Barcelona (Spain). Forthcoming, April, 2017.

Identity Projection and the Feminine Other in Pablo Picasso. 59th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association, San Francisco. Forthcoming, April, 2017.

La Interpretación de la Imagen en Picasso: El Guernica. Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación. Universidad de Granada (Spain). Forthcoming, March, 2017.

Pablo Picasso's Response to the Spanish Civil War. Hispanic Heritage Month. Sam Houston State University. October, 2016.

From Jackendoff's Linear Grammar to Picasso's Surrealist Poetry. Congreso de Lengua, Literatura y Traducción “liLETRAd”: “Símbolos, Lemas, Fantasía”. Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). July, 2016.

Das Kolorit von Pablo Picasso: eine mögliche Verbindung zwischen Motiv und Farbe? II. With Elisabeth Trux. Seminar für Kunstgeschichte. Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany). May, 2016.

The Online Picasso Project: A Catalogue Raisonné for the Digital Era. Authentication in Art Congress. Louwman Museum, The Hague (The Netherlands). May, 2016.

Online Picasso Project: Nueva Tecnología Digital en la Investigación de la Obra Picassiana. Museo Picasso, Málaga. Málaga (Spain). March, 2016.

Modularidad Representacional en la Poesía Multilineal de Pablo Picasso. Fundamentos de Gramática. Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). March, 2016.

Pablo Picasso Sculptures and the Arbitrariness of the Sign. Thirty-First Meeting of The Semiotic Circle of California. University of California-Berkeley. January, 2016

El Online Picasso Project en el marco del Proyecto de Catálogos Artísticos: Gnoseología, Epistemologías y Redes de Conocimiento. Departamento de Historia del Arte. Universidad de Málaga, Málaga (Spain). January, 2016.

The Fichtean Anstoß and Pablo Picasso's Poetry. Congreso de Lengua, Literatura y Traducción “liLETRAd”. Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). July, 2015.

El Lienzo 'La Niña de los Pies Descalzos' (1895) y su Proyección en la Obra Picassiana. Casa Museo Picasso. A Coruña (Spain). March, 2015.

The Myth of Narcissus: Themes of Life and Death in Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Picasso/Dalí, Dalí/Picasso. The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. February, 2015.

Forschungsansätze zum Kolorit von Pablo Picasso II. With Elisabeth Trux. Seminar für Kunstgeschichte. Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany). January, 2015.

Efectos de la Primera Guerra Mundial en el Cubismo Tardío de Pablo Picasso. Jornadas sobre la 1ª Guerra Mundial. Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). November, 2014.

The Picasso Project Experience in Managing Collections and Archives. Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Prensa, Latinidad y Legado: Spanish Language Press and Print Culture. Syracuse University. October, 2014.

From Theme to Form: Picasso's Cubist Revolution. Facultad de Letras. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real (Spain). June, 2014.

Pablo Picasso and the Truth of Greek Art. Sixth Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies. Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens (Greece). April, 2014.

The Art of Deformation: Pablo Picasso and Ancient Mexico. 56th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association. Albuquerque. April, 2014.

Online Picasso Project y la Difusión del Patrimonio Cultural. Seminario de Gestión y Difusión del Patrimonio Cultural Local. Casa de la Provincia & Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla (Spain). March, 2014.

Picasso's Use of Color: Painting in Code. With Elisabeth Trux. Twenty-Ninth Meeting of The Semiotic Circle of California. University of California-Berkeley. January, 2014

Pablo Picasso als Kolorist. With Elisabeth Trux. Seminar für Kunstgeschichte. Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany). October, November, 2013.

The Poet and His “Más/caras": The Poetic Language of Pablo Picasso. South Central Modern Languages Association. New Orleans. October, 2013.

Retos a la Investigación Académica en Internet: La Experiencia del Online Picasso Project. III Workshop Internacional de Historia del Arte Digital: Historia del Arte, computación y medios digitales en España. Universidad de Málaga & Fundación Picasso Málaga, Casa Natal (Spain). June, 2013.

Pablo Picasso and the Consequences of War. Facultad de Letras. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real (Spain). June, 2013.

Semantic Mysteries and Syntactic Artifacts in Pablo Picasso's Writings. Poetry Versus Philosophy: Life, Artifact & Theory. Texas A&M University. April, 2013.

Process and Representation in Pablo Picasso. 10th Annual Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures. Georgia Southern University, April, 2013.

El Online Picasso Project: Arte y Nuevas Tecnologías Digitales. Departamento de Historia del Arte. Universidad de Málaga, Málaga (Spain). March, 2013.

On Friendly Terms with the Nobility [of Art]: Diego Velásquez, Pablo Picasso and the Affirmation of the Artist. SCSECS 2013: Frontiers Of Friendship Close And Distant. University of Texas, Austin. February, 2013.

List of courses regularly taught at SHSU 

SPAN 3367 Principles Of Span Linguistics

SPAN 3380 Spanish Culture and Civilization

SPAN 4365 Pablo Picasso and Spanish Art

SPAN 4362 History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 5374 Studies in Spanish Linguistics

SPAN 5370 History of Spanish Language

SPAN 5361 The Structure of Spanish

SPAN 5331 Sem in Comp Spanish Art-Culture