Mahama was born in Tamale, Ghana in 1987 where he currently lives and works.
Mahama obtained a MFA in Painting and Sculpture in 2013 and a BFA in Painting in 2010 at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
His work was shown during the last 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Italy 'All The World’s Futures' curated by Okwui Enwezor in 2015.
His solo shows includes: 'Material Effects', Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA (2015) and 'Civil Occupation', Ellis King, Dublin (2014); 'Factory machines and trucks', Kumasi, Ghana (2013) and 'Cannon Wax', Jamestown, Accra, Ghana (2013).
Mahama has exhibited in various locations in and around Kumasi and Accra as well as at the KNUST Museum in Kumasi. Other recent shows include: 'Edson Chagas / Ibrahim Mahama', Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy (2015); 'Broken English', Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2015); 'Pangaea II New Art from Africa and Latin America', Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2015) and 'Silence between the Lines: Anagrams of emancipated Futures', K.N.U.S.T, Jackson, Contemporary Art Centre, Ghana (2015).