Borgianni lived in Sicily and Rome. He moved to Spain at the end on the 16th century because he felt it was a place that would offer him great opportunities, being a country where Italian art was in high demand. In Spain his art developed under the influence of El Greco and Bassano. In 1602 he returned to Rome where he assimilated another influence, that of Caravaggio. He successfully practiced this new tenebrist style in various works, such as in the painting of Saint Carlo Borromeo, in San Carlino and in his paintings for the Convent of the Mercedarians in Rome.