Uehara Konen was born in 1878 in Tokyo. He studied painting with Kajita Hanko and the well-known artist Matsumoto Fuko, and then spent five years studying in the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Fine Arts Academy). He collaborated with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo on several woodblock prints during the 1930's, although only two prints are listed in the 1951 Watanabe catalogue. Konen served in the Imperial Household and in the Foreign Ministry, probably as a wartime artist. He continued to exhibit award-winning paintings in various exhibitions and served as a juror for the Tokyo Metropolitan. Konen died May 24th, 1940 in Tokyo.