Pepe Ozan was an Argentine born sculptor, artistic director and filmmaker. He was one of the first artists to bring large scale art projects to Burning Man
Ozan directed several large-scale ritual performance art pieces between 1996 and 2002. Starting in 1994 he created a series of operas which grew to encompass 200 participants and 30 musicians. He created The Arrival of Empress Zoe (1996), The Daughters of Ishtar (1997), The Temple of Rudra (1998), Le Mystere de Papa Loko, a ritual performance based on Haitian Voodoo (1999). The Thar-Taurs of Atlan (2000) and The Ark of the Nereids (2002)
In addition to founding the Burning Man Opera, Pepe designed and constructed his sculptures, which served as the stage for the performances. At the climax of each performance, the stage was dramatically set on fire and burned to the ground.