Alfred Chircop attended the Malta School of Art, the Accademia Pietro Vannucci in Perugia, Bath Academy of Art at Corsham UK and Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. His work has developed remarkably throughout the years, whether figurative, or abstract, and he has equally proved his mastery in the variety of techniques and media employed in his drawings, paintings, watercolours, etchings and aquatints, linocuts, pen and wash and monoprints.

Since 1960 he has put up a substantial number of
one-man exhibitions in Malta and abroad. He has equally participated in numerous collective exhibitions in Malta and abroad where his work was highly acclaimed by local and foreign critics.

Besides his highly successful career as an artist, Alfred Chircop has had a distinguished teaching career in Malta. He taught at various levels in the schools exercising tremendous ability in stimulating great awareness and creativity at primary, secondary, sixth form and at the Faculty of Architecture in Malta where he spent the last years of his teaching career as Senior Lecturer teaching visual education and design.

In 1990 he was awarded the Gold Medal Premio Cittá di Valletta and in 1995 he won the 1st Prize in Painting and 1st Prize in Watercolour in the 1st Malta International Biennale. In 1998 he was honoured with the National Order of Merit, M.O.M. in recognition of his contribution to Art in Malta.

On the occasion of Malta joining the E.U. in 2004 he was invited by the Council of Europe to represent Malta with a one-man exhibition of his paintings, which exhibition then travelled to Paris, again as a guest artist representing Malta. During the same period he participated in the Salon International of the City of La Rochelle in France where he was awarded the Grand Prix and the Grand Medal of the city of  La Rochelle, the only artist who was doubly honoured. He was awarded the Prix Groupama at the Salon International de Nantes. He had exhibitions in Frechen Town Hall in Germany, in Bremen, and at Kurfursterdam 131, Berlin. In 2005 he had a one-man exhibition in Berlin at the prestigious Palace Hotel in the heart of the city.

He represents Malta in the Hope and Optimism Portfolio, a Global art project where his work is at Heynits Castle Art Centre, Namibia. Other works are found in private and public collections in Malta and abroad.