Oscar Deveza Zalameda was a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. He left in 1953 to take further art studies at the Art League of California in San Francisco, the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, and the Sorbonne in Paris. He also studied mural techniques under the famous Diego Rivera in Mexico, in 1955. This would be followed by a series of exhibits in New York, Paris, Barcelona, Hamburg, Monte Carlo, Beirut, and Milan, before returning home to show his work at the Philam Life Pavilion in 1963. In 1964, he exhibited at the National Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, and in 1966, First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos invited him to hold a one-man show at the Malacañang Palace. Famously known as the jet set type, he differs from the stereotype of artists as solitary individuals. Zalameda is known for his portraits of friends of the Mediterranean circuit, yet he is also acknowledged as one of the most consistent exponents of abstract art in the Philippines. In this untitled abstraction, the rural figures are still somewhat representational, but visual accuracy is not the artist’s primary concern. The work, with its vivid colors, reveals a personal abstract style that has not completely given up on imagery.
Zalameda has been honored with his Chevalier Des Arts et Lettres from the French government.