Matthew Borgen is a native of Akron, Ohio. He was awarded a BFA in drawing from the University of Akron in 1998, and an MFA in painting from the University of Minnesota in 2002.

Since moving to Philadelphia in 2003, Borgen has presented his installations, videos, and digital prints in regional venues including The Woodmere Art Museum, The Fleisher Art Memorial (Wind Challenge), The Abington Art Center; The Barbara Crawford Gallery at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy; Inliquid Gallery; and The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey. Nationally he has been included in exhibitions at The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan; The 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida; and The Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, Massachusetts.

Borgen has served as Exhibitions Coordinator for Arcadia University since 2012. His curatorial projects include exhibitions of preparatory sketches by muralist David Guinn, a survey of the career of mid 20th-century artist John Hathaway, and a presentation of proofs and drawings related to the lithographs of Benton Spruance. Most recently, Borgen organized solo exhibitions of the works of photographer Tamsen Wojtanowski and printmaker Jennifer Manzella