Raw Vision was founded by John Maizels in 1989 as a way of telling people about outsider art with a small freelance staff and text contributed by scholars. Each issue features outsider artists from different countries, as well as covering general news on the subject of outsider art from around the world.
Raw Vision has been described as "outsider art's Rolling Stone" in 2007, as it is the only international publication whose exclusive content is outsider art. Over the years it has featured several hundred self-taught and visionary artists, many of whom were completely unknown. It also features visionary environments—sculpture gardens, self built architecture and unique buildings.
It defines outsider art as "creative expression that exist outside accepted cultural norms, or the realm of 'fine art'", and says that its "creators would not consider themselves artists, nor would they even feel that they were producing art at all."
|“||When I came across [outsider art] I was just so amazed by it, it was so powerful and it had such strong personal meaning... people are revealing themselves, their demons, their own aspirations, their own inner feelings ... They don't go to exhibitions or private views, they just work. They've got an inner compulsion.||”|
|— John Maizels, founder of Raw Vision|
Other important Outsider Art Magazines
"O.O.A." (Rivista dell'Osservatorio Outsider Art, University of Palermo), originally published in 2010, is a six-monthly review directed by Eva di Stefano and published on paper by Glifo Edizioni (http://www.glifo.com). This magazine is known for its splendidly illustrated pages and for gathering together some of the most important international contributors of the Outsider Art world.
- Blumenthal, Ralph. "An Artist's Success at 14, Despite Autism", The New York Times, 16 January 2002. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Bell, Dan. "Life on the Outside", BBC, 26 October 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Kahn, Eve M. "Style Makers; John Maizels, Art Magazine Editor", The New York Times, 6 January 1991. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Goddard, Peter. "Outsider artists go back a ways", Toronto Star, 7 March 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Weeks, Japhet. "Inside out", California: The Journal, 13 December 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2010.