Khalid Rasool

San Francisco, CA

“It is important for me to be part of ArtLifting because naturally everyone needs an income and at the same time to be acknowledged as someone worthwhile”


Khalid was born in Pakistan and his family migrated to Kuwait where he received a bachelor's degree in microbiology. He moved to the U.S. when he was 27, finished an advanced medical technology program at San Francisco State University, and worked for about seven years.


Khalid's life took an unexpected turn due to mental health concerns in 1992, which left him unable to maintain his job or find another for many years. He became homeless for several years living between the streets and shelters in the tenderloin district of San Francisco-- “a very difficult life,” he describes. “One of my biggest life accomplishments remains that I am still alive after all I endured during this time.”  


Khalid was born with a natural talent for art and had taught himself to draw in Kuiait by watching a talented classmate create drawings and paintings. Khalid didn’t paint for 20 years, while he was was experiencing severe symptoms related to mental illness. He credits his re-entry into art to a home-health aid who came to help support him upon regaining state-sponsored housing. She heard about his love for art and encouraged him to attend a free senior citizen painting class at Golden Gate Park.


Khalid was pretty much an instant hit in this class. He recalls, “I created my first painting and everyone was amazed.  It was the first time in a long time, after my nervous breakdown and feeling terrible about myself that I felt good about something again. People were admiring my work.” This class was in 2013 and Khalid has been painting since. He notes that beginning to paint again was what helped him climb out of a very difficult time, and he now has hope.


Khalid is looking forward to having his art represented for the first time and to be able to share his creations with a larger audience. Khalid hopes to spread the message “to be humble and treat everyone you meet with respect, you never know what someone else might be going through.”  



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Prints by Khalid Rasool

Candlestick Point Park San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Chinatown San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Coit Tower
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Dillard the Accordion Player
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Homeless of San Francisco 1
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Market Street San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Mission Street San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Montana Beach
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Park in Bay Area
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Radish
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Road to Yosemite
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

San Juan Batista Mission
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Sixth Street San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Vegetables
Khalid Rasool

From $ 75.00

Originals by Khalid Rasool

Candlestick Point Park San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

$ 1,400.00

Chinatown San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

$ 950.00

Coit Tower
Khalid Rasool

$ 950.00

Dillard the Accordion Player
Khalid Rasool

$ 1,400.00

Homeless in San Francisco 1
Khalid Rasool

$ 1,400.00

Market Street San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

$ 1,400.00

Mission Street San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

$ 1,400.00

Park in Bay Area
Khalid Rasool

$ 1,400.00

Radishes
Khalid Rasool

$ 650.00

Road to Yosemite
Khalid Rasool

$ 1,200.00

San Juan Batista Mission
Khalid Rasool

$ 950.00

Sixth Street San Francisco
Khalid Rasool

$ 1,200.00

Vegetables
Khalid Rasool

$ 650.00

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